Chiang Kai-shek

A Reformist Chinese Leader? Stop Fooling Yourself

Jeffrey Wasserstrom, who in February warned that Xi Jinping should not seen in binary, reformist-versus-conservative terms, argues at TIME World that other Chinese leaders have also disappointed those hoping for political...

The Post 80s Generation—Are the Kids All Right?

At ChinaFile, Sun Yunfan, Orville Schell and Damien Ma discuss the gap between members of China’s post-80s generation and their parents, based on a recent article by James Palmer that was featured on CDT last week. Sun...

On Vogel & Kissinger’s “Sino-Americana”

Science fiction author William Gibson has frequently argued that “novels set in imaginary futures are necessarily about the moment in which they are written”; that the real subject matter of ‘1984’ was...

Arab Spring, Chinese Winter

At The Atlantic, James Fallows recounts the aftermath of calls for an Egyptian- and Tunisian-inspired Jasmine Revolution in China earlier this year. He recalls the arrests and disappearances, and the sealing-up of longstanding...

Another Kind Of American History In Chongqing, 1: Prologue

Xujun Eberlein is the author of Apologies Forthcoming, a story collection set in China, and Inside-out China, a cultural criticism blog.  She is a guest blogger for The Atlantic.  Read her on-going blog about China here: In the...

Three Ways of Looking at the PRC’s Latest Campaigns

Jeffrey Wasserstrom argues that recent campaigns by the CCP may owe as much to Chiang Kai-shek and Lee Kuan Yew as to Mao Zedong: There’s no question that Mao left an indelible mark on China (this may be the only point of...

She Who Must Be Obeyed

In the New York Times, Jonathan Mirsky reviews The Last Empress: Madame Chiang Kai-shek and the Birth of Modern China: There is a bull market these days in Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek (1887-1975) and his wife, Soong Mei-ling...

The Final Triumph of Chiang Kai-shek

Laura Tyson Li in the Washington Post reviews Jay Taylor’s new book The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-Shek and the Struggle for Modern China. The book, released by Harvard University Press, brings a new look into the life of...

Taiwan Memorial Restores Name Of Former Dictator

From Reuters: A landmark Taiwan memorial hall built in the name of Chiang Kai-shek has restored the former dictator’s name to its title after a political to-and-fro over the image the island wants to project. President Ma...

Taiwan’s Kuomintang Government Reopens Chiang Mausoleums

From AFP: Thousands of tourists flocked to the mausoleums of Taiwan’s former Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek and his son on Saturday as they reopened under the newly installed Kuomintang government. TV pictures showed...

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